Success At Work: All In The Mind?
Take this moment to visualise getting that next title, promotion, or pay rise. Are there certain steps you see yourself taking to get there? What emotions come up?
Visualisation is a powerful tool that anyone can use to enhance their brains and manifest success in all aspects of life. Let’s dive into it.
Our brains can’t distinguish thoughts and feelings in our mind from those we experience in reality. Our brain’s neurons communicate in nearly the same way during both visualisation and real actions.
One hard to believe example: test subjects were able to increase muscle strength in their immobilised wrists by 30%, just by playing out muscle movements in their heads! Now, this is no excuse for skipping the gym—but it is a profound example of the brain-body connection.
It’s also something that can be used to our advantage. What if we could reshape our behaviours and habits just by visualising them as changed?
As Dr. Joe Dispenza describes it, visualising is about creating new neural pathways which give us a mental road map to our future. Thoughts and feelings come together to create our state of being. If we can create positive thoughts and emotions in our minds, then we can effectively alter how we are.
So how does the average Joe or Jane tackle visualisation? Experts seem to agree on some general guidelines. Here’s our run-down.
Make the time and commitment. Treat it as a practice. It might be difficult at first, but stay committed and invest the time to make visualisation work for you.
Enter a state of relaxation. When it’s time to sit down and visualise, relaxing and connecting with your body is essential. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, so use tools like soft music, breathing techniques, and meditation to get you there. You want your body to be completely relaxed and your mind to be conscious and gently aware.
Mentally picture what you would like to happen. Now that you’re relaxed, you can begin priming your brain for your desired outcome. Perhaps it’s to have a successful day at work in meetings and at a presentation. In your mind—and in first person—imagine the day unfolding before you. Go through the steps. Shake the hands, give the well-received ideas, and deliver a fantastic presentation. See these experiences clearly in your thoughts.
Now feel the emotions that would accompany these events. Relief, pride, happiness, confidence—feel the associated positive emotions as if the events are actually happening. This adds to the brain’s “real” experience of it and sets you up for visualisation success.
Stay in this positive state throughout your day. As Dr. Dispenza says, you have to be greater than your environment and the habits of your behaviour. Practice going throughout your day in this state of positive wellbeing—no matter what challenges come up.
Visualisation can help you align with a greater state of wellbeing and success. The more you practice, the more you’ll see things changing in beautiful ways.